We had a great year in 2015. We attracted new members, rising, for the first time, above 60. We got some pivotal work done, the most crucial being done by our chairman Larry Rivera in creating facial overlays of Doorman, Oswald, and Lovelady which visibly and emphatically prove that Doorman's face is Oswald's. Oswald was in the doorway during the shooting, and that is now known beyond a smidgen of a doubt. And, the addition of historical researchers Jim Macgregor and Gerry Docherty has illuminated our understanding of the JFK assassination, as an act of the "Secret Elite" who have been ruling the world and calling the shots since they orchestrated the First World War at the start of the 20th century- just because they wanted it.
And I have no doubt that our numbers will continue to grow in 2016, as will our web presence and our overall presence in the JFK realm.
So, with a feeling of optimism that Oswald innocence and JFK truth are going to prevail, I decided to do a happy song for the New Year. This one is by the great Irving Berlin, and it even has happy in the title: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy. But, the guy who really made it popular was the singer, Al Jolson.
Al Jolson was the star of the first talking movie, The Jazz Singer, which came out in 1927. He was to ragtime and swing what Elvis Presley was to rock n roll. And he was very decent man. He often performed in "blackface" which would not be acceptable today, but he championed equal rights for blacks. and he personally helped black performers, such as Cab Calloway. He was for "civil rights" before the term even existed. An immigrant from Lithuania, he cherished his US citizenship. And, like Irving Berlin, he traveled to war zones to entertain US troops during World War 2 and also during the Korean War. He died at the age of 64 immediately after doing a grueling 42 shows in 16 days in Korea.
And this song from the movie musical Mammie is surely one of his signature songs, Let Me Sing And I'm Happy.